There are several haunted places located throughout Alabama. Most have remained haunted for many years because the ghosts just can’t seem to move on. Listed below are 10 locations in Alabama that, according to several reports, are some of the most haunted places in Alabama.
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1. Sturdivant Museum - Selma
Sturdivant Museum, located in Selma, was initially built as a plantation home in 1853. In 1864, John Parkman purchased this beautiful plantation home. He and his family only lived in the home until 1866. It was sold to a new family in 1870. They kept it until 1957, after it was purchased and turned into a museum. According to guests, many ghostly occurrences take place at this museum. For example, rocking chairs and doors have been seen moving on their own. Several people believe former owner John Parkman is responsible for haunting Sturdivant Museum. But is he the only one? Many guests have also reported seeing the ghosts of two little girls standing in an upstairs window. It's believed these ghosts are John Parkman's two daughters.
2. Bass Cemetery - Irondale
Bass Cemetery, which is located out in the middle of the woods, is one of the most haunted cemeteries in Alabama. Strange noises have been heard throughout this cemetery. Many people believe the noises are coming from the Civil War soldiers and slaves that are buried here. Ghostly figures have also been reported. The most terrifying thing to ever happen at this haunted cemetery was the discovery of an opened tomb where the corpse was missing.
3. Pickens County Courthouse - Carrollton
At the Pickens County Courthouse, a ghostly face can be seen in the upstairs window. According to legend, this ghostly face belongs to Henry Wells, a wrongly accused slave. He was lynched by a mob after being accused of burning down the previous courthouse. He threatened everyone he would haunt them forever because of the way he was being treated. He's obviously keeping his word.
4. Lucas Tavern/Old Alabama Town - Montgomery
Old Alabama Town is an authentic 19th century village featuring 19th and early 20th century homes and buildings that have been saved from demolition and carefully restored. Today, they're offered to the public as a history museum. According to reports, Lucas Tavern is haunted. Supposedly, the ghost of Lucas Tavern's owner and hostess, Eliza Lucas, has been spotted there. Guests have reported seeing her dressed in Victorian clothing and waving from the doorway.
5. Kate Shepard House Bed & Breakfast - Mobile
At the Kate Shepard House Bed & Breakfast, many guests have reported seeing the ghost of an elderly woman. This woman appears in guest rooms all over the house, and the guests and staff members have reported feeling a strange presence.
6. Harrison Cemetery - Kinston
Harrison Cemetery is where you'll find Grancer Harrison's resting place. Grancer was a cotton farmer who loved to dance. As a matter of fact, he requested to be buried in his dancing shoes - and that he was. Ever since his death in 1860, people passing by his tomb have reported hearing clogs and fiddle music. Some people have even reported seeing him dance. Even death won't stop this man from dancing and having a good time.
7. Tutwiler Hotel - Birmingham
The Tutwiler Hotel is a former apartment building that's been renovated into the hotel it is today. Since becoming a hotel, many guests have reported seeing lights and appliances mysteriously come on by themselves. It's believed that the ghost behind these strange occurrences is a former apartment resident.
8. Gaineswood Plantation Home - Demopolis
Nathan Whitfield was the owner of Gaineswood. In 1846, after his wife died, he hired a woman named Evelyn Carter to assist him with household duties and to look after his children. To entertain the children, she would play a variety of musical instruments. She eventually passed away after an extended illness. Before her death, she let Mr. Whitfield know she wished to be buried in her hometown, which was in Virginia. Because she died during bad winter weather, it was impossible to send her body back to her hometown. While waiting for the winter weather to pass, Mr. Whitfield sealed Evelyn up in a pine casket and kept it under the house until he could send her body to her hometown. Evelyn's body may have left Gaineswood, but her spirit never has. Many guests have reported hearing footsteps on the home’s stairway, in addition to the sounds of her playing the piano.
9. Huntingdon College - Montgomery
Huntington College is supposedly haunted by a woman who's known as Red Lady. Red Lady is the spirit of a lonely student named Martha. Because Martha was severely depressed, she slashed her wrists - committing suicide. She was found on the floor of her dormitory room dressed in her red robe and covered up with her red bedspread. This is how she earned the nickname "Red Lady." Students have reported seeing her ghost haunt the fourth floor of Pratt Hall.
10. Sweetwater Mansion - Florence
Sweetwater Mansion, which was built between the years 1828-1835, belonged to Robert Patton - a former Alabama governor. Many apparitions have been spotted throughout the mansion, including the one belonging to Governor Patton's son - whose funeral was held inside the home. A&E's Paranormal State featured Sweetwater Mansion in one of their episodes back in April 2011.